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The Word On The Street Welcomes a Stellar Roster of Canadian Literary Talent at the Bestsellers Stage

July 12, 2017

Canada’s largest annual book festival includes guests such as David Suzuki, Emma Donoghue, Anne Michaels, Ron Sexsmith, Deborah Ellis, Elan Mastai and more

The Word On The Street Toronto, Canada’s largest free outdoor book and magazine festival, boasts an impressive lineup of bestselling Canadian authors as part of the festival’s popular Bestsellers Stage. This stage features thoughtful and inspiring discussions with 14 of the greatest names in Canadian literature. The 28th edition of The Word On The Street takes place on Sunday, September 24, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Harbourfront Centre. Visit the festival’s website for more information.

The Bestsellers Stage will feature an appearance by playwright, novelist and screenwriter Emma Donoghue (The Lotterys Plus One), best known for her 2010 novel Room, which was adapted into the Oscar-nominated film of the same name. Donoghue will take the stage with Deborah Ellis (Sit), who is best known for her Breadwinner series. Both authors will discuss their latest works for children in the ‘Through the Eyes of a Child’ panel.

The Word On The Street will also welcome internationally renowned environmental activist and author David Suzuki along with co-author Ian Hanington, to present Just Cool It!, a book about the urgency of the climate crisis. Also participating is internationally acclaimed Juno Award-winning recording artist Ron Sexsmith, who will bring his dark comedy fairy tale Deer Life to the stage. Toronto poet laureate Anne Michaels will present her new poetry collection, All We Saw.

Best known for The F Word, screenwriter and novelist Elan Mastai (All Our Wrong Todays) will participate in the ‘Stranger than Fiction’ panel, a discussion on some of the greatest fiction released in Spring 2017. He will be joined by Trillium Book Award winner and Marian Engel Award-winner Barbara Gowdy (Little Sister), and novelist and senior editor for Open Book Grace O’Connell (Be Ready For The Lightning).

Two-time winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour Terry Fallis (One Brother Shy) will join best-selling author Peter Unwin (Searching for Petronius Totem) in the panel ‘This Glorious Quest’ to discuss how family and friends can often be the strongest catalysts for meaningful journeys.

Additional participants include author and journalist Chris Turner (The Patch), David Chariandy (Brother) and Frances Itani (That’s My Baby) who is best known for her novels Tell, Deafening and Requiem.

View the full festival line-up on The Word On The Street’s website. More programming details will be announced in the coming weeks. The Word On The Street programming schedule will be released in full early August.


About The Word On The Street

Each September, in the cities of Toronto, Halifax, Lethbridge and Saskatoon, The Word On The Street unites the country in a national celebration of literacy and the written word. Annually attracting more than 200,000 visitors, The Word On The Street Toronto is the largest book and magazine festival in Canada. This year’s event takes place on Sunday, September 24, at Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West). Admission is free.







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